CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] built Orion booster has finished a 22-mile, 6-hour tour from a Launch Abort System Facility during Kennedy Space Center, to launch pad 37 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orion is now another step closer to a initial exam moody on Dec. 4, 2014.
"This booster is going to pull a bounds of systematic find and tellurian achievement," pronounced Michael Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion module manager. "One day, not too distant in a future, an wanderer will leave a initial footprints in a red dirt of Mars, and we'll demeanour behind and contend that tour started here."
This morning, a 50,000 lb. booster was carried about 200 feet adult and corresponding to a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket, that Lockheed Martin intent for a flight. Over a subsequent few weeks, a rocket and booster will be integrated and powered up, and engineers will exam and determine interfaces between a dual in credentials for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1).
"It has been a extensive group bid with all of a goal partners to get us to this indicate only one month before to launch," pronounced Jim England, ULA's EFT-1 module manager. "We are respected to play such a vicious purpose in this vicious launch for NASA and are focused on providing goal success so that Orion can finish all of a goal objectives."
During EFT-1, a uncrewed booster will transport 3,600 miles over Earth—15 times serve than a International Space Station. That same day, Orion will lapse to Earth during a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a splashdown in a Pacific Ocean. EFT-1 will yield engineers with information about systems vicious to organisation safety, such as feverishness defense performance, subdivision events, avionics and program performance, opinion control and guidance, parachute deployment, and liberation operations to countenance designs of a booster before it starts carrying humans to new destinations in low space.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a tellurian confidence and aerospace association that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is predominantly intent in a research, design, development, manufacture, formation and sustainment of modernized record systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.
With some-more than a century of total heritage, United Launch Alliance is a nation's many gifted and arguable launch use provider. ULA has successfully delivered scarcely 90 satellites to circuit that yield vicious capabilities for infantry in a field, assist meteorologists in tracking serious weather, capacitate personal device-based GPS navigation and clear a mysteries of a solar system.
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